Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Amla ton guides South Africa to 299-6 in Champions Trophy

Amla ton guides South Africa to 299-6 in Champions Trophy

However, a Sri Lanka side missing its captain Angelo Mathews showed great persistence in fighting back to halt South Africa's progress.

He top scored with 57 runs.

Centurion Hashim Amla's, whose hundred was his 25th in ODIs - he's the quickest in history to that mark - believed it was enough. However, it was Imran Tahir, who dashed Sri Lanka's hopes, managing to bowl an electrifying spell of 4 for 27, and thus sealing Sri Lanka fate in the tie.

Sri Lanka were shot out for 203 runs with 8.3 overs remaining.

Despite his wickets proving crucial, Tahir's energy in the field also gave his teammates a lift, especially after Sri Lanka got off to a fast start.

He was eventually run out for 103 (115 balls, 5 fours and 2 sixes) but not before he had shared a second-wicket record stand with Faf du Plessis (75 off 70 balls, 6 fours) for the Proteas against Sri Lanka of 145 which was one better than the previous best of 144 he had shared with Jacques Kallis.

Nuwan Pradeep reaped the reward from the pressure built by Lakmal and Malinga when he induced a de Kock edge to the wicket-keeper in the 13th over.

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Skipper AB de Villiers chipped in with a stunning catch to send Kusal Mendis packing for 11 runs, nonchalantly plucking the ball out of the air one-handed, and then ran out Dinesh Chandimal for 12 with a direct hit.

"It was an awesome innings", de Villiers said. AB de Villiers now playing and getting bowling attack to see, which would mean including Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell, but there is some little issue right now persisting between the team and in the transformation targets in the match.

South Africa started slowly after losing the toss, scoring 32 runs in the first 10 overs before Quinton de Kock departed for 23 after edging a Nuwan Pradeep delivery to wicketkeeper Dickwella.

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Upul Tharanga's resilience: In an otherwise boring chase from Sri Lanka, it was the skipper Tharanga, who showed great resilience to make sure that he can allow and steer Sri Lanka home.

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